Monday, February 12, 2007

Jewish-Christian Difficulties in Challenging Christian Zionism

Jewish-Christian Difficulties in Challenging Christian Zionism
Lutheran Pastor Robert O. Smith writes for JewsOnFirst -

"In our post-Holocaust era, many Jews have identified with the State of Israel as their last line of defense should the community again come under the threat of eradication. Most Christians, especially in North America, are unable to begin fathoming this possibility. Their communities simply have not been under such a threat," writes Rev. Robert O. Smith in this essay. Introducing the essay, Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak notes that "Smith is cautioning Christians that, no matter how well intentioned their theology, there is a complexity that must be acknowledged and they must be patient in building their post-Holocaust relationship with Jews." Here is the link:

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If you missed it, here is another of JewsOnFirst's recent features:
We are intimately attached to nature and each other, a commentary for Tu b'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, by Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsOnFirst. "Mystics, who taught spiritual matters by analogy, imagined that tree roots are a hint of unseen worlds symbolizing our unseen connectedness," he writes. Over the last four decades, as environmental threats mounted, "the message of Tu b'Shevat has expanded from planting trees at homes and synagogues, and ordering tree certificates for Israel, to a major focus for rallying to repair the fragile little space ship, the Earth." Click here

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